Memoirs of the Queensland Museum – Culture 4

Introduction to Gelam's Homeland

Manas, L., David, B. & Quinnell, M.C.

Published online: 17 October 2008

Published online

17 October 2008


Much professional archaeological research around the world aims at aspects of history that are of international rather than of local significance, and text-based historical research has long been complicit in nation-building agendas. This paper introduces the present monograph by outlining why and how the authors of this volume have come to write a local history, with local issues in mind. It is the first professional and multi-disciplinary history to be written in book form for any single island in Torres Strait, with community history in mind.

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